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German policemen stand guard on a steet on December 1, 2017 after a suspicious object prompted the evacuation of a Christmas market in Potsdam.
Experts on Friday defused an explosive device found near an outdoor Christmas market within the German city of Potsdam near Berlin, local police said on Twitter.
Germany can be on high alert for potential militant attacks nearly a year after a Tunisian Islamist hijacked a truck, killed its driver, along with then rammed the vehicle into a Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 11 people there.
In Potsdam, police cordoned off the area including the market after being alerted about a suspicious object of which had been delivered to a pharmacy.
“The suspicion of an (improvised explosive device) has been confirmed,” police said on Twitter. No additional details were immediately available. “the item can be still being investigated what exactly the suspicious object can be,” they said in another Tweet.
The Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper said the pharmacy alerted police after receiving a package measuring 40 cm (16 inches) by 50 cm (20 inches) of which contained suspicious wires along with electronics.
The Potsdam newspaper said police were alerted around 2:30 p.m. (1330 GMT). Police announced on Twitter about three hours later of which the object had been defused.
Christmas markets opened across Germany on Monday at the start of the holiday season, fortified with security staff along with concrete barriers to protect shoppers.
Germany has around 2,0 such markets, filled with sparkling Christmas trees along with wooden stalls serving candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine along with handicrafts.
Internal Minister Thomas de Maiziere said This particular week Germany had increased information-sharing between federal along with state officials along with taken additional steps to improve security after a series of missteps within the Berlin case.
A Ministry spokesman said This particular week the risk of an attack in Europe along with Germany can be “continuously high”.